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Date:      Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:42:48 -0400
From:      Daniel Staal <>
To:        Chris Brennan <>, FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Looking to build a router box, seeking some general advice
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--As of June 30, 2011 6:34:52 PM -0400, Chris Brennan is alleged to have 

> While trying to learn IPv6 as best as I can and messing with my Linksys
> WRT54Gv3 router running DD-WRT, I realized that it cannot properly do
> IPv6 yet. This leaves me rather limited. More then once some people on
> IRC who were helping me with this suggested I build my own router, this
> has been something I've been looking to do for quite some time and this
> might be the fire I need lit to get motivated. The overall suggested
> board was an ALIX board[1] from PC Engines[1].
> This is all rather new to me so I am unsure where to go from here, what
> all is needed (a breakdown of necessary/optional hardware/items). The
> memory and cpu I know I could google for w/o much issue. What I foresaw
> as problematic was a case for the device and a power supply. Are these
> just as easily googled for? Inversely, instead of me building my own
> (which would be great experience!) is there a place that sells devices
> such as these pre-assembled?

--As for the rest, it is mine.

There are a variety of stores that will sell ALIX kits, either 
pre-assembled or not.  I've used Netgate recently 
(<>), but depending on where you are 
others may be better.  Many will also sell them pre-loaded with m0n0wall or 
pfsense, both of which are FreeBSD-based router/firewall distros with web 
interfaces to do most things you would want.  (Although I know pfsense at 
least doesn't support IPv6 configuration through the web interface yet.  Of 
course, you can still ssh in.)

Daniel T. Staal

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